Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio was found guilty on Monday of criminal contempt.
Arpaio, 85, was charged with misdemeanor contempt of court, declaring that he willfully defied a judge’s order in 2011 to stop traffic patrols that targeted immigrants, Fox 10 Phoenix reported.
He is expected to be sentenced on Oct. 5 and faces up to six months in jail if convicted.
Arpaio’s lawyers argued that the former sheriff did not intend to break the law. Last week, Arpaio said he felt “optimistic” about his case.
Arpaio’s tactics over 24 years in office drew fierce opponents as well as enthusiastic supporters nationwide who championed what they considered a tough-on-crime approach, including forcing inmates to wear pink underwear and housing them in tents outside in the desert heat.
He was voted out of office in November 2016.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.